Latest spinal treatments discussed in Dubai.
Summary: Spine surgeons and experts from around the world gather to discuss breakthroughs and present research papers in the field
Mary Achkhanian, Staff Reporter
Dubai: The 5th Global Spine Congress (GSC) and the 5th World Forum for Spine Research (WFSR) began Thursday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai, with 95 speakers and about 765 scientific papers, of which 300 papers were presented as posters.
The event, organised by AOSpine, Switzerland, has 1,500 neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopaedic specialists and surgeons from 74 countries attending.
Dr Jeff Wang, Chair, Global Spine Congress, said the event is one of the biggest international gatherings for spine surgeons which presents the latest treatments and research papers.
Dr Abdul Razzaq Al Obaid, regional chair of the conference and chairman of Faculty of Orthopedic in Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialisation, said there are a large number of research papers being presented from the Middle East.
"This is the first time for spine surgeons in the Middle East to have a platform on which to share their knowledge with international experts.
"Spinal disorders are becoming an epidemic, whether due to car accidents in the young, deformity cases in children, degenerative disorders in the elderly ... there are many types of back problems and the demand for spine surgery is big," added Dr Al Obaid.
The event, he said, has made it possible to discuss the launch of the Gulf Spinal Registry, which will help document the disorders and treatments available. "We are currently discussing [as to be] the first in the region."
Some of the latest technologies were presented at an exhibition running alongside the event, like computer-guided spine surgery, which has been well implemented in some Gulf countries, computer-navigation spine surgery, and many other new procedures focusing on keyhole incisions which allow faster recoveries, experts said.
The congress concludes on Saturday, April 16.
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